Reviews and Problems with Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 (WDBACX0010BSL/WDBACX0010BRD/WDBACX0010BBL/WDBACX0010BBK)
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WD My Passport Essential SE 1TB
17 May 2011
Summary: Western Digital includes some excellent utilities with its My Passport Essential external hard drive. That said, its poor transfer times and flimsy case make the $109 asking price hard to stomach. For $15 more, the Iomega eGo offers better speeds, and is rated to survive 7-foot drops, and if you're looking to save some money, the $99 Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex couples a sweet set of software with better performance.
Pros: Well-designed software, Easy to back up and restore files, Includes diagnostic tools
Cons: Poor transfer times, Plastic housing feels flimsy, Relatively pricey
Summary: While the USB 3.0 drive is not the fastest (with its 5200-rpm internal), it should satisfy most people need for portable storage and at the same time boasts both waifish dimensions and massive capacity.
Pros: Good Looks, Very small size for its class, Large capacity, Decent price, Solid software, 256-bit AES hardware encryption
Cons: 5200-rpm drive, No power switch, While 1TB is big, competitors have similar drives with 50% more capacity, Only 2 year warranty, Not compatible with Elite dock
Excerpt: Consumers have a lot of choices when it comes to portable storage products. When shopping it is important to look for a drive that is easy to use, comes with an abundant amount of features and protects the drive inside very well. All of those features can be found in the Western Digital My Passport Series of products.
Western Digital My Passport Essential SE 1TB USB 3.0 Portable Hard Drive Review
7 March 2011
Summary: Final Thoughts
As you can see from the results on the previous page the drive performed very well at both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 speeds. The thing really holding the USB 3.0 speeds back is the actual hard drive itself. We have seen USB 3.0 solid state drives really push the limits of USB 3.0 connectivity. I do like that Western Digital did make this drive not just USB 3.0 compatible, but allowed for it to be backwards compatible with USB 2.0 as well.
Pros: Sleek and small design, Large capacity, Included software, Security features
Excerpt: Western Digital's My Passport Essential SE is currently the only portable external hard drive to boast a whopping 1TB of storage space. Despite this, it is one of the smallest hard drives around and is quite speedy, too.